BarcelonaTECH RESEARCH CENTER
LOCATION OLD SLAUGHTERHOUSE, MANRESA, SPAIN DEVELOPER UPC (POLITECNICAL UNIVERSITY OF CATALONIA) – CITY COUNCIL OF MANRESA AREA 3.100 M2 BUDGET 1.956.456EUR YEARS 1998-2000
Our design for the Technology Transfer Labs of the BarcelonaTECH University, was chosen by the European Commission as one of its experimental projects in which to implement what at the time were the first strategies towards sustainability. Moreover, these strategies had to involve, unlike other European projects, both Mediterranean and low-cost solutions that could be reproduced elsewhere.
The final result embodies all these characteristics and adds another three that have become EMBA’s trademark: total flexibility of transformation, minute attention to its urban and cultural conditions, and exacting quality of materialization. In many ways these buildings can be considered a generic benchmark for these issues and have been important for further projects of our office.
The structure, beyond its obvious supporting role, is used to generate the basic order that allows for total versatility of distribution: both pillars and, specially, ribbed prefabricated pi-shaped horizontal slabs, mark the position of partitions. Fluids and networks, crucial for these advanced labs, are placed along the facade, capable of reaching any spot on the plan.
EMBA ENRIC MASSIP-BOSCH, WITH HORACIO ESPECHE AND JOAN SABATÉ, CHIEF PRINCIPALS (WITH ENRIC SÒRIA DURING DESIGN PHASE ); ANTONI GONZÁLEZ (DRAFTSPERSON); VICTÒRIA BELSOLELL, FRANCESC CANTARELL, ÀLEX CAZURRA, JOAN GIRALDO, CRISTINA MOLL, ABÍLIO MOURÃO, MARC RIFÀ, PAOLA VIRGIOLI (ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS) CONSULTANTS XAVIER AUMEDES (QUANTITY SURVEYOR); ROBERT BRUFAU (STRUCTURES); INSTAL.LACIONS ARQUITECTÒNIQUES (FACILITIES); JOCELYN DE BOTTON (SOSTENIBILITY AND BIOARCHITECTURE) PHOTOGRAPHY PAU GUERRERO, ELOI BONJOCH